TIDE OF PRAISE FOR FACS FLOOD HELPERS
Volunteers from Family and Community Services who assisted flood victims throughout the Northern Rivers were praised today by the NSW Government, during a visit by MP’s to local centres working with some of the region’s most vulnerable.
Local member Thomas George joined Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard in thanking nine FACS staff at the Department’s Lismore office, who provided help at FACS evacuation centres in the District during the recent deluge.
“Close to 60 people were assisted at FACS evacuation centres by staff working around the clock and we are grateful to them, as we are to all the emergency workers and volunteers who gave up their time to help others,” said Mr George.
“We came together as a community, as we have done many times before, standing shoulder to shoulder to help those who needed help the most and I thank you for it.”
Mr George and Mr Hazzard acknowledged the following FACS flood volunteers.
- Lismore Office : Leanne Gollan, Marianne Baille, Lisa Gava, Joanne Hunt;
- Ocean Shore offices: Grace Breitkreutz, Leeanne Purdey;
- Tweed Heads office : Michelle Harrington, Tracey Trindall, Moira Mallaby
Both MPs toured the FACS office and spoke at length with frontline staff. The pair also spent time with counsellors and clients of the Lismore Men and Family Centre which helps men, women and children who have experienced violence or abuse.
Mr Hazzard was the guest of honour at the opening of North Coast Community Housing’s (NCCH) new office. NCCH is the largest community housing provider in northern NSW, providing social, transitional and crises housing to people in need.
“It is a sad reality that we have an increasing number of vulnerable people in NSW in need of social housing and this region is no different to any other,” said Mr Hazzard.
“It’s why we are partnering with private and not-for-profit housing groups like NCCH to increase the supply of social and affordable housing and reduce waiting times.”